MLB Daily Fantasy Helper: Friday 5/17/13

There are daily fantasy platforms where Tony Cingrani actually has a price below $1 million? Really?

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StarStreet Optimized Roster

PlayerPositionProjected FPCostValue
Paul MaholmSP18.02$22,4000.80
Burch SmithSP15.51$15,0001.03
Ryan BraunLF14.58$7,8001.87
David OrtizDH14.7$7,8001.88
Robinson Cano2B14.54$7,6001.91
Troy TulowitzkiSS12.67$7,5001.69
Buster PoseyC14.23$6,9002.06
Edwin Encarnacion1B13.41$6,5002.06
Dexter FowlerCF13.22$6,1002.17
Shin-Soo ChooCF13.5$6,1002.21
Chase Headley3B12.14$5,5002.21

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The Three Top Pitchers

Tony Cingrani - Wait, they haven't changed the price for him to $1 million across all platforms yet? What's the hold up? It's certainly not his perfect record, his 0.964 WHIP, his ludicrous 11.9 strikeouts per nine innings, or his insane 5.29 SO/BB ratio. Facing the (Poorly) Fightin' Phils and their 25th-best .304 OBP and 24th-best 108 walks is simply another feather in his cap.

Paul Maholm - The Dodgers offense really doesn't have many weaknesses. They hold a high .333 on base percentage, they have the second least strikeouts of any major league team, and their walks taken this year are above average. It's tough to find a way to attack them. So why take Maholm? Because he's actually pitched much better than a 4-4 record and a 3.94 ERA would indicate. His 20.3 percent strikeout rate is solid, he only has given up homers on 1.5 percent of opposing plate appearances, and his 1.208 WHIP is well below his career average. If he can cut down on line drives (26 percent of balls in play), he's a darn good pitcher.

Jarrod Parker - For all of the preseason hype about the Kansas City lineup, the true facts are that their .317 OBP is slightly below average and their 26 homeruns are the second-lowest figure in the league. Considering homeruns have been Parker's main problem this season, allowing them on 4.6 percent of opponents' plate appearances, Kansas City isn't in an optimal position to take advantage. That should give a chance for Parker's absurdly high .346 batting average on balls in play (BABIP) to come down quite nicely and his 17.7 percent career strikeout rate to shine through.

Top High-Priced Hitters

Troy Tulowitzki - We love Madison Bumgarner. We love his 9.1 strikeouts per nine innings. We love his 0.932 WHIP. We get the skepticism. But that doesn't mean that Tulowitzki's not just substantially better than the other shortstops available today, especially when you take into account his plausible cost on many formats. Didi Gregorius is the only shortstop within the same ballpark as Tulowitzki's projected 0.81 runs and 0.82 RBIs, and Tulo's extra-base numbers (0.35 projected doubles) are unsurprising given that 45 percent of his hits this season have gone for extra-bases.

David Ortiz - Vance Worley has a 1.949 WHIP, is allowing 15.2 hits per nine innings, has only struck out 4.8 batters per nine innings, and has somehow maintained these statistics through eight painful, painful starts. It's honestly a wonder that I don't recommend the entire Boston team tonight, but I believe going with Ortiz is a safe bet regardless. Despite his high cost, his 0.27 projected HR, 0.93 projected RBIs, and .327 projected average means he's about as safe a bet as you can have tonight.

Mid-Range Cost-Effective Hitters

Buster Posey - Two straight days of Posey? When the by-nearly-three-FP-best-catcher-on-StarStreet slipper fits (I think I had a pair of those slippers back in middle school). Facing off against Jorge de la Rosa in Coor's Field, Posey has try No. 2 to take advantage of the mountain air after yesterday's 1 for 4 day wasn't a failure, but wasn't a success either. Given his .326 projected average, based off of de la Rosa's weak walks per nine (3.4) and strikeouts per nine (5.6), I'd have high hopes for more today.

Josh Hamilton - To be fair, we don't have him as one of our top ten scoring outfielders, so put down the pitchforks about, "You don't know what you're talking about!" Given his numbers from the past couple seasons, though, and you'll realize that a slight bump in stats is extremely likely. Then look at Chris Sale's advanced numbers, at that 0.941 WHIP and .235 BABIP which are unsustainably low, and you're not so scared of trusting Hamilton any more.